Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, you should be well prepared and take necessary precautions. 
Bringing the right gears and clothing is a critical factor in making your trek successful. As it is said, ‘There are no bad weather days, just bad gears.’ 
But again the ‘right’ equipment depends on the type of trekking, time of year, general weather conditions, and the maximum altitude of the trek. 
Also, not to forget to make your backpack light and concise. You don’t have to carry everything that comes in mind. As there will be a lot to carry from home, you do have an option to rent the heavy gears like down jackets, hiking boots, etc in Kathmandu.  
For multi-day trek Nepal, you must have the gears under following categories. This covers almost everything you need for a trekking adventure. 

1.    Sleeping
On treks, many unexpected situations may arise, better to be on safe side. In Nepal, though there are teahouses in almost all the treks still some require camping. Thus, I suggest bringing these stuff compulsorily.  
●    Tents- Necessary if you are camping. Make sure it is well-constructed and lightweight. 
●    Sleeping bag- 15 degree Celsius will suffice on most treks. So, sleeping bag is the must. It should be lightweight, easy to carry, and with the wide foot box. 
●    Sleeping pad- Look for the small pack-size pad. It is for extra warmth and cushioning. 
●    Silk liner- A light silk liner is better than the heavy fleece ones. Its main purpose is to protect you from lodge blankets which may not be sufficient. Also, it will keep your sleeping bag clean and extend its life.  

2. Hiking/Trekking  
Trekking through the wide range of terrain from muddy rocky paths to snowy pavements. The safest way will be to choose proper hiking/trekking materials having full protection and good support. 
●    Backpack- Size depends on the availability of porters. If you plan on hiring porters, a 30-liter bag should be enough.  
●    Hiking Shoes- Lightweight, waterproof, with good ankle support and spacious toe room. You can either bring them from home or rent them in Kathmandu. As this gear is the most significant gear for your trek, I would recommend you to go through best women’s running shoe for plantar fasciitis. Running shoes have always been a friend of trekking. This will definitely help you get a better one.   
●    Camp shoes - Better to carry both hiking boots and trail/camp shoes. It will be like your reward after a long day. You will use them while you are not walking. 
●    Wool shoes - Bring a few pairs of varying thickness for keeping your feet warm during sleeping.  
●    Lightweight trekking pants/trousers- 2 pairs. They should be lightweight, loose, and breathable.  
●    Trekking shorts- These will soothe your legs after a long day walk.  
●    T-shirts- Lightweight is great. Long sleeves are mostly acceptable against sun protection, lightweight makes for easy wash material. They are good for sleeping at night.  
●    Thermal Underwear- 4 to 5 comfortable and insulating cotton and polyester made. This will help you enjoy your trek much more.   
●    Hiking Socks- 3 thick pairs and 2 thin pairs of good quality suitable for the climate you’ll be in.

3. Cold Weather 
The freezing cold should never be ignored. Always remember to keep your chest, head, and feet warm and layered. 
●    Long underwear/wool thermals- Thermals and merino are strongly recommended for trekking in mountainous areas. They also should be properly breathable and anti-microbial. 
●    Buffs- Buffs can be as a neck gaiter, headwear, to cover your face, and many others. 
●    Long sleeved synthetic windproof fleece- They are great for layering during walking or camping. The best use is to cover your nose and mouth at high altitudes to hydrate your breath and avoid the cold dry mountain air. Your lungs and chest will love them. 
●    Waterproof & windproof Jacket and Pants - Good for unexpected rain showers. Make sure they are good breathability too. 
●    Ultra Lightweight Down Jacket - They can be rented in Kathmandu. They are, especially for chilly mornings and evenings.  
●    Heavyweight pants for high Elevations- They can also be used for camping.  
●    Winter hat- For protecting your heads against chilly winds and severe headaches. 
●    Winter gloves- Make sure they are at least windproof.  

4. Accessories 
●    Water Purification - It may be either pump or tablets or filters to disinfect your drinking water. These days are water filters are amazingly small and efficient.   
●    Camera with extra batteries- Camera is always a needy accessory for trekking. Because you can’t resist clicking those mind-blowing landscapes. When you carry a camera, there is absolutely one extra battery and a charger along with. So to wrap them up in a small space, better to use camera backpack.
If you don’t have any ideas about them, you can check at best camera backpack of 2017. 
●    Navigation tools like map, compass, GPS & Altimeter (optional). 
●    Head torch or small torch with spare batteries- LED torches are more preferable.  
●    Water Bottles- At least 3 liters total capacity and can even store hot water. 
●    Baseball cap- For avoiding strong sun elevations.  
●    Hiking poles- These will lessen the impact on your joints especially during downhill stretches.  
●    Sunglasses with straps- Essential when you cross snow line. Straps will protect sunglasses from being misplaced. 
●    Reading materials, Journal and Pens- For your spare time. And in case you want to write down anything.  
●    Daypack (for your rain jacket, snacks, etc.)
●    Heavy duty duffle bag 
●    Gaiters- Not mandatory but these will keep your feet warm and dry in case the weather turns worse.  

5. Personal Supplies
●    Sunscreen and Antiseptic Cream- SPF 30-50 will be good enough. Make sure it is rated, UVA in addition to UVB. Also, carry moisturizers, lip balm along with.   
●    Hand Sanitizer
●    Towels - Quick drying 
●    Toiletries - Like a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc. 
●    Biodegradable Bar Soap 
●    Face/Body Wipes 
●    Biodegradable washing liquid  

6. Extras 
●    Duct Tape- For fixing things temporarily. 
●    First Aid Kit- Targeting moleskin for blisters. Medications including Diamox Pills for potential altitude sickness, painkillers (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc), throat lozenges, and diarrhea medication 
●    Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport 
●    Tent, stove, fuel, and utensils (if you are camping) 

Conclusion
These are the ‘necessary’ stuff/gears you must have when trekking in Nepal or elsewhere. Hope this write-up was helpful.
Also, we at High Himalayan Treks will be honored to be your adventure partner. If you have any queries you always get in touch with us.

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Trekking gears for Everest base camp trek and Annapurna base camp trek, Nepal

October 17, 2017

Gear List That You Must Have When Trekking in Nepal 

We all seek adventures in our life. Trekking, climbing, mountaineering, etc are the experiences that fill our soul. It gives us a glorious chance to explore a different world and witness the beauty.
When creating those lifetime memories, you should be very careful about the preparations. As proper preparation helps you fully enjoy your tour. 
Nepal is popular for trekking and hiking all over the world. But surely it isn’t easy. For hitting trails of Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, you should be well prepared and take necessary precautions. 
Bringing the right gears and clothing is a critical factor in making your trek successful. As it is said, ‘There are no bad weather days, just bad gears.’ 
But again the ‘right’ equipment depends on the type of trekking, time of year, general weather conditions, and the maximum altitude of the trek. 
Also, not to forget to make your backpack light and concise. You don’t have to carry everything that comes in mind. As there will be a lot to carry from home, you do have an option to rent the heavy gears like down jackets, hiking boots, etc in Kathmandu.  
For multi-day trek Nepal, you must have the gears under following categories. This covers almost everything you need for a trekking adventure. 

1.    Sleeping
On treks, many unexpected situations may arise, better to be on safe side. In Nepal, though there are teahouses in almost all the treks still some require camping. Thus, I suggest bringing these stuff compulsorily.  
●    Tents- Necessary if you are camping. Make sure it is well-constructed and lightweight. 
●    Sleeping bag- 15 degree Celsius will suffice on most treks. So, sleeping bag is the must. It should be lightweight, easy to carry, and with the wide foot box. 
●    Sleeping pad- Look for the small pack-size pad. It is for extra warmth and cushioning. 
●    Silk liner- A light silk liner is better than the heavy fleece ones. Its main purpose is to protect you from lodge blankets which may not be sufficient. Also, it will keep your sleeping bag clean and extend its life.  

2. Hiking/Trekking  
Trekking through the wide range of terrain from muddy rocky paths to snowy pavements. The safest way will be to choose proper hiking/trekking materials having full protection and good support. 
●    Backpack- Size depends on the availability of porters. If you plan on hiring porters, a 30-liter bag should be enough.  
●    Hiking Shoes- Lightweight, waterproof, with good ankle support and spacious toe room. You can either bring them from home or rent them in Kathmandu. As this gear is the most significant gear for your trek, I would recommend you to go through best women’s running shoe for plantar fasciitis. Running shoes have always been a friend of trekking. This will definitely help you get a better one.   
●    Camp shoes - Better to carry both hiking boots and trail/camp shoes. It will be like your reward after a long day. You will use them while you are not walking. 
●    Wool shoes - Bring a few pairs of varying thickness for keeping your feet warm during sleeping.  
●    Lightweight trekking pants/trousers- 2 pairs. They should be lightweight, loose, and breathable.  
●    Trekking shorts- These will soothe your legs after a long day walk.  
●    T-shirts- Lightweight is great. Long sleeves are mostly acceptable against sun protection, lightweight makes for easy wash material. They are good for sleeping at night.  
●    Thermal Underwear- 4 to 5 comfortable and insulating cotton and polyester made. This will help you enjoy your trek much more.   
●    Hiking Socks- 3 thick pairs and 2 thin pairs of good quality suitable for the climate you’ll be in.

3. Cold Weather 
The freezing cold should never be ignored. Always remember to keep your chest, head, and feet warm and layered. 
●    Long underwear/wool thermals- Thermals and merino are strongly recommended for trekking in mountainous areas. They also should be properly breathable and anti-microbial. 
●    Buffs- Buffs can be as a neck gaiter, headwear, to cover your face, and many others. 
●    Long sleeved synthetic windproof fleece- They are great for layering during walking or camping. The best use is to cover your nose and mouth at high altitudes to hydrate your breath and avoid the cold dry mountain air. Your lungs and chest will love them. 
●    Waterproof & windproof Jacket and Pants - Good for unexpected rain showers. Make sure they are good breathability too. 
●    Ultra Lightweight Down Jacket - They can be rented in Kathmandu. They are, especially for chilly mornings and evenings.  
●    Heavyweight pants for high Elevations- They can also be used for camping.  
●    Winter hat- For protecting your heads against chilly winds and severe headaches. 
●    Winter gloves- Make sure they are at least windproof.  

4. Accessories 
●    Water Purification - It may be either pump or tablets or filters to disinfect your drinking water. These days are water filters are amazingly small and efficient.   
●    Camera with extra batteries- Camera is always a needy accessory for trekking. Because you can’t resist clicking those mind-blowing landscapes. When you carry a camera, there is absolutely one extra battery and a charger along with. So to wrap them up in a small space, better to use camera backpack.
If you don’t have any ideas about them, you can check at best camera backpack of 2017. 
●    Navigation tools like map, compass, GPS & Altimeter (optional). 
●    Head torch or small torch with spare batteries- LED torches are more preferable.  
●    Water Bottles- At least 3 liters total capacity and can even store hot water. 
●    Baseball cap- For avoiding strong sun elevations.  
●    Hiking poles- These will lessen the impact on your joints especially during downhill stretches.  
●    Sunglasses with straps- Essential when you cross snow line. Straps will protect sunglasses from being misplaced. 
●    Reading materials, Journal and Pens- For your spare time. And in case you want to write down anything.  
●    Daypack (for your rain jacket, snacks, etc.)
●    Heavy duty duffle bag 
●    Gaiters- Not mandatory but these will keep your feet warm and dry in case the weather turns worse.  

5. Personal Supplies
●    Sunscreen and Antiseptic Cream- SPF 30-50 will be good enough. Make sure it is rated, UVA in addition to UVB. Also, carry moisturizers, lip balm along with.   
●    Hand Sanitizer
●    Towels - Quick drying 
●    Toiletries - Like a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc. 
●    Biodegradable Bar Soap 
●    Face/Body Wipes 
●    Biodegradable washing liquid  

6. Extras 
●    Duct Tape- For fixing things temporarily. 
●    First Aid Kit- Targeting moleskin for blisters. Medications including Diamox Pills for potential altitude sickness, painkillers (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc), throat lozenges, and diarrhea medication 
●    Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport 
●    Tent, stove, fuel, and utensils (if you are camping) 

Conclusion
These are the ‘necessary’ stuff/gears you must have when trekking in Nepal or elsewhere. Hope this write-up was helpful.
Also, we at High Himalayan Treks will be honored to be your adventure partner. If you have any queries you always get in touch with us.


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